Lawmaker Fined After Bragging About Deer Kill

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Lawmaker Fined After Bragging About Deer Kill

Postby Ben Sobieck » Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:32 am

From the Associated Press

Mcalester, Okla. (AP) — A state legislator who helped write some of Oklahoma's hunting laws was so proud when he bagged a piebald, white-tailed deer that he called the media and gushed about the hunt.

But his pride turned to embarrassment when state Rep. Terry Harrison was told what he did might have been illegal because he didn't have a permit to shoot the animal.

The McAlester News-Capital reports that Harrison's friend, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation game warden Shane Fields, called him after seeing the story in the newspaper and suggested he research hunting regulations.

Harrison says his heart "just sunk" when he realized his mistake. He called the agency and a game warden wrote him a $296 ticket.

Harrison says he wrote some of the state's hunting laws and should've known better.

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RE: Lawmaker Fined After Bragging About Deer Kill

Postby CoG » Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:35 am

Wow.  Although that does make it pretty clear how bulky complicated laws make life a pita.  Sucks when you have to actually abide by them, huh?
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RE: Lawmaker Fined After Bragging About Deer Kill

Postby Highlander Archery » Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:31 pm

CoG,

What this really says is: if the guy that makes the laws can't keep them straight how in the blazes can they expect a layman to be able to keep them straight?

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RE: Lawmaker Fined After Bragging About Deer Kill

Postby CB375HH » Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:57 pm

awesome!!

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RE: Lawmaker Fined After Bragging About Deer Kill

Postby werner.reiche » Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:34 pm

What's missing in the article is just what did he do that was illegal??

I found this on another article identical to the link provided, except it has this as the last paragraph.

"It is legal to hunt white deer in Oklahoma but only with written permission from the director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation."

I guess he didn't have permission.

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RE: Lawmaker Fined After Bragging About Deer Kill

Postby IsitInTREES » Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:31 pm

You gotta have written permision to kill a piebald?
Crazy!
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RE: Lawmaker Fined After Bragging About Deer Kill

Postby berudd » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:05 am

In some places they are protected and it is illegal to shot them.

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RE: Lawmaker Fined After Bragging About Deer Kill

Postby Gulfcapt » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:57 am

You have to give the man credit tho, at least he called them back so he could reseve his ticket...

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RE: Lawmaker Fined After Bragging About Deer Kill

Postby cheesehead » Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:01 pm

I do not understand how a "lawmaker" can not know the laws they help to create. Maybe the laws are too complicated to differentiate between what is right and wrong in this state. Perhaps this will give him incentive to overview some of the statutes in his state. Good for him to come forward and admit his mistake and take ownership.

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RE: Lawmaker Fined After Bragging About Deer Kill

Postby viking61 » Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:56 pm

Actually the Oklahoma 2010-2011 Hunting Guide is pretty clear.

Page 20 under Deer, General Deer Regulations states:

White Deer
It is unlawful to kill a white deer or piebald deer without specific written permission from the Department Director.


I'm a Kentucky resident who also hunts in Oklahoma over Thanksgiving each year. Ignorance of the regulations is no excuse. I check the regulations each year for any changes, to zones, quotas, etc. to make sure I'm legal.

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